Pruning a Blue Spruce Tree?

June 19, 2018

I have a bare spot on my blue spruce. Can I graft a branch into the bare area to fill it?



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June 20, 20180 found this helpful

According to this website, the chances aren't good. You need to graft young wood to young wood, and in a greenhouse environment. On the positive side, blue spruces fill in the spaces themselves.


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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

Try getting another branch to fill in that bare spot. Take a tie (from a bread wrapper) and cox it over to the bar spot and wait a while for it to naturally take hold itself.


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June 21, 20180 found this helpful

We had the same issue when our maple was removed it's overhang left a huge bare spot in our spruce. It looked terrible.

Sadly grafting is very challenging and fraught with failure (and danger if you are up on a ladder trying to get it done). It is NOT impossible...just challenging. You may want to talk to your local garden center to get their feedback on the best methods for your climate, if you are so game.


We had someone suggest just to plant another tree next to it to cover up the bald spot...ummm...that defeated the purpose of removing the maple whose roots were causing issues...didn't want another tree...but I guess for some people if it is a cosmetic fix it might work. Someone actually did a YouTube video on it (NO, not my friend...although I wouldn't put it past him)

In our case, we just let it go and eventually (2 full seasons) the spot filled itself in almost perfectly. Mother nature has the best solutions sometimes!

Good luck!

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January 5, 2010

My kids just broke off the top two feet of my prized 13 ft Blue Spruce while taking down the Christmas lights. Is there anything that I can do to keep the trunk growing upward?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By John from NM


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January 5, 20100 found this helpful

It will probably fill out sideways more than up, and then it will grow upwards again. It should right itself over the whole of a year.


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January 5, 20100 found this helpful

Call a nursery that sells blue spruce trees and get a professional opinion.

January 23, 20100 found this helpful

Your blue spruce has been established for 13 years. This pine tree should be fine without you having to do anything. Our top of a pine was ripped off by high winds and within 2 years the top grew back.


The tree may look a bit odd but they're hardy and it will be fine. Cindy

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August 18, 2015

I have a tall blue spruce tree, 30+ft tall. I would guess it is 25 years old. The older part or lower half has no inside needles, only on the tips giving it a sparse look. If I prune it would it fill in? Is this from age or is it unhealthy?

It gets full sun and continues to grow, even though I wish it would stop. You refer to removing the central leader, but am not sure what that is and if I can do it myself or need professional help.


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November 4, 20170 found this helpful
  1. You'll need to mix 7 cups of denatured alcohol, with 3 cups of water in a bucket.
  2. Dip the blade of your pole saw in the liquid.
  3. wipe it clean.
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  5. You can only trim the tree during the growing season in the spring.
  6. These trees can grow over 100 feet tall.
  7. You need to check the tree for dead limbs and cut them off.
  8. Cut them flush with the tree's trunk
  9. Check for any new growth on the dead branches. If you see new growth cut the branch 1 inch in front of the new growth.
  10. During the growing season this will flourish and grow.
  11. Cut any branches that rub together flush with the trees turnk.

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November 4, 20171 found this helpful

If you have a hacksaw and are not afraid of heights you can prune in the spring when there is new growth. You want to avoid the central branch.

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July 28, 2010

I have a young blue spruce that has been damaged leaving a big bare spot on one side. Should I prune to try to reshape the tree? There are several branches which are much longer than the rest and stick way out. Also, the top has died twice. Is there anything I can do to prevent that?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By Linda from MA


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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Here's a link on pruning. A few thoughts, when it was planted were the roots given plenty of room to grow, was the soil free from too much clay?


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